Elon Musk shows off humanoid robot prototype at Tesla AI Day

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  • According to CEO Elon Musk, Tesla’s AI Day 2022 was primarily a recruitment event.
  • The company showed off early prototypes of humanoid robots and said it was developing special batteries and actuators for them.
  • Musk said he thinks it will be possible for customers to get the Optimus humanoid robot from Tesla in 3 to 5 years.

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Tesla CEO Elon Musk and other leaders from the automaker’s AI and hardware teams speak at the company 2022 AI DayAn engineer-recruiting event in Palo Alto, Calif., Friday night.

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During the last AI day in August 2021, Musk said that Tesla was building a humanoid robot, known as the Tesla Bot, or Optimus. The company didn’t have so much as a prototype to show at the time, and instead presented a dancer dressed in spandex unitard, a Tesla bot on stage.

This year, Musk and Tesla employees who joined him on stage showed off a bipedal humanoid robot, which he said was simply a “rough development robot” waving and waving its hands in the air. Were. He said the robot was moving without any mechanical support on stage in Palo Alto for the first time.

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To warm to the audience, which included Tesla-focused social media influencers, Musk said, ,We’re going to talk about advances in AI for full self-driving, as well as how they are applied to real-world AI problems like humanoid robots and even going beyond that. I think there’s some potential that what we’re doing here at Tesla could make a meaningful contribution to AGI [artificial general intelligence],

He continued, “And I think Tesla is really a good entity that does it from a governance standpoint, because we’re a publicly traded company with a class of stock. That means the public is Tesla.” And I think it’s a really good thing. So if I get mad, you can fire me — that’s important. Maybe I’m not mad.”

Elon Musk previously co-founded (and later left), an artificial intelligence venture called OpenAI. In 2015, OpenAI claimed that it had trained neural networks to enable a robot-arm similar to a human hand to solve Rubik’s Cube puzzles.

Back when Musk originally released the Tesla bot concept at AI Day 2021, he said, “It should be capable of, ‘Please go to the store and get me the following groceries,’ that sort of thing.” Later, Musk said that robots made by Tesla could one day be worth more than his cars, and that thousands of them would be put to work in Tesla factories, where humans make cars and batteries.

During Friday’s presentation, Tesla employees demonstrated how the humanoid robot they’re developing could work in the future, including Tesla-designed actuators that look like robot muscles, and Adaptive robotic hands that will allow the robot to grasp and manipulate. a wide range of items.

Milan Kovac, who is director of engineering for Autopilot at Tesla, according to his LinkedIn profile, said the company’s experience developing driver assistance systems for Tesla vehicles, specifically computer vision systems, helped the company figure that out. Were doing how humanoid robots work. in the real world.

While robotics experts have said Tesla doesn’t need a bipedal robot for better automation to work in its factories, Tesla employees on Friday spoke at length about their dedication to the human form. The employees also said that they were working on a special battery and actuator for their robot so that power consumption is minimized so that their robot can work all day on a single charge.

Tesla Autopilot employees also spoke at length about their quest to make Tesla cars autonomous without adding any new hardware.

In its past, the company’s Autopilot team relied on manual data annotation to identify and describe objects in short video clips captured by cameras and sensors on Tesla vehicles. Data labelers will identify things like road boundaries, lane markings or overlapping objects obstructing the full view of a stop sign, such as a pedestrian.

The labeled clips serve to train Tesla’s neural networks and improve driver assistance systems that enable their cars to navigate around, automatically avoiding obstacles, with driver monitoring.

Now, Tesla says they have developed auto-labeling technology that allows the company to chew half a million clips every day. Finally, a human comes to “finalize” the labels but they get a boost from the auto-labeling system.

The presenters also discussed in detail how much they are improving Tesla-designed chips and data infrastructure. He did not say when safe self-driving cars would be available for paying customers to use in normal traffic without a human driver behind the wheel.

Musk explained that Tesla was holding this AI Day event, and showing off its robot prototype, “to get some of the most talented people in the world to convince you guys, to join Tesla and help make it a reality.” for.”

The CEO thinks the humanoid robot “could help millions of people,” he said, because if it worked, the world would have what he called “a future of abundance, a future where there is no poverty, where People can have whatever they want in terms of products and services.”

“This is really a fundamental change of civilization as we know it,” Musk said in his signature grandiose way.

After the CEO left the stage, but while the AI ​​Day presentation was still underway, Musk wrote to his 107.4 million followers on Twitter, “Naturally, there will be a catgirl version of our Optimus robot.”

During a question-and-answer session, Musk acknowledged that developing humanoid robots was not in line with Tesla’s mission to accelerate the world’s transition to sustainable energy. He added that Optimus extends Tesla’s mission to “make the future bright.”

He said he expects customers to buy Optimus in 3 to 5 years.

An attendee asked Musk if he envisions Tesla selling its Dojo supercomputer, which it uses to other companies for AI machine learning. Musk said he thinks it makes more sense to offer a Dojo service, something like AWS, which he described as “a service that you can use that’s available online where you can do your own business.” Can train the model faster and for less money.”

big promises

When Musk makes big promises, skeptics scoff and his loyal fans swoon.

Celebrity CEOs have been promising self-driving electric vehicles since 2016, and have raised billions in capital for Tesla by promising shareholders that Tesla’s autonomous vehicle technology will allow customers to turn their cars into a working robotaxis with just a software update. will be able to change.

While Musk said there would be a coast-to-coast driverless demo by the end of 2017, Tesla to date has only released a driver assistance system that requires constant supervision by a human driver.

Tesla’s driver assistance system, marketed as Autopilot, Enhanced Autopilot, FSD (short for Full Self-Driving Capability) and FSD Beta in the US, has attracted federal and state levels. security checkand allegations of false advertising, including those involving the California DMV and many your own customers,

Tesla also has a rocky record with automation in its factories. In 2018, after trying to automate various aspects of vehicle production and quality assurance, Musk admitted that “the excessive automation at Tesla was a mistake,” and that “humans are underreported.”

Tesla is expected to post its third-quarter vehicle production and delivery report within days of the hiring schedule. The delivery is the closest approximation to the sales reported by Tesla and the quarterly delivery report is closely watched by shareholders.

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